There are a variety of metals, alloys, and other materials and processes used to bring black rings into existence and are also a hot wedding ring trend. Many black ring material options have a resemblance in appearance but are very different in many ways.
Facts About Black Metal Rings
If you are considering black metal rings for a wedding band, keep the following facts in mind.
- They can’t be re-sized.
- If your black ring is broken, it can’t be fixed.
- They have to be smashed off and can’t be cut off in an emergency.
Popular Options in Black Metal Ring
- Black Titanium Rings
They are coated with another substance to make it black, for, eg. black rhodium. Like black gold, the plating is less tough than a solid metal or alloy and contains a higher possibility of chipping that gives it a natural color or titanium showing through.
- Black Stainless Steel Rings
To create the appearance of this black metal, the regular stainless steel is anodized. Anodizing alters the surface of the metal through an electrochemical process without affecting the composition of the metal.
- Black Ceramic Rings
It is an extremely hard, non-metallic, and lightweight material that has been used extensively in jewelry making recently. The black color on it is not a coating.
- Black Tungsten Rings
Black tungsten is created by shooting tiny particles of titanium zirconium alloy at an extremely high velocity so that the particles embed themselves into the surface of the tungsten ring. The particles are black in color. The surface alloy brings the black color to a regular tungsten ring.
- Black Gold Rings
It is merely white gold electroplated with black rhodium.
- Black Zirconium Rings
Zirconium is a natural element that is grayish-white and very similar to Titanium. It is lightweight, skin-friendly and is primarily used in nuclear reactors due to its high heat and corrosion resistance.
In jewelry applications, zirconium is mixed with another metal, usually Hafnium. After the ring is milled, it is heated, and the exposed portion of the metal oxidizes black, which creates a black surface layer and aptly named Black Zirconium.